Cllr Ian Johnson – the Leader of Plaid Cymru on the Vale of Glamorgan Council – has called for a “consideration of matter” on plans to close two GP surgeries in Penarth – at Station Road and at Redlands Road.
The Cardiff and Vale University Health Board wants to set up a new GP surgery called a “Primary Health Care Facility” or “Health Hub” adjacent to the Penarth Leisure Centre at Cogan – which would replace the existing Redlands Road and Station Road surgeries.
Cllr Johnson is demanding that the scheme be discussed in the Vale Council’s so-called Scrutiny Committee to investigate the implications that this scheme would have for the general public in Penarth.
A number of local patients who now attend the two existing GP surgeries have already said the journey to the proposed new Cogan Healthcare Centre will be time-consuming and inconvenient for them and will be especially difficult for older patients. The new facility would be in the town’s worst air-pollution area – funnelling yet more traffic into the area.
As the new Healthcare facility would be build on land currently occupied by the two hard court tennis courts (immediately next to the Leisure Centre ) – information on the effects of removing the tennis courts is also being asked for – as is an assessment of the effects that removing tennis courts will have for public health.
Questions are also being asked about the effects such a closure would have on the Vale Council’s existing contract with the Leisure Centre operators Legacy Leisure.
The report claimed that more people would be attracted to use the Leisure Centre – as a result of it being next-door to the new Healthcare Centre – and that anyway nobody much uses the tennis courts.